1. If you fall and can’t get up, it’s best to call an ambulance right away. Just because you can tolerate the pain, doesn’t mean you haven’t really injured yourself. Just because you’re near home, ie in the same street, doesn’t mean that going home is the best thing to do. And walking, or trying to, down particularly steep stairs to your basement home is nothing short of madness.
  2. Be prepared to make a very big decision in the morning after the night before, when you’ve had no sleep, and for the surgeon to completely not understand why you hesitate. You have to trust your decision making, even though you managed to fall and break your hip with no very obvious explanation.
  3. If the paving stone jutted up more than an inch, you might get compensation. Otherwise, no chance. Don’t forget, 3 months later, that you decided after the fall to improve your gait so that you don’t stub your toe again.
  4. Hospitals are not what they were 50 years ago. They are busy, pressured places with lots of staff who are rather frightened they’ll make a mistake. They don’t actually like doing things like moving you to a different ward the day before you are discharged.  For some reason that was not really explained. And, as it happened, it was much quieter on that ward. Sometimes, the unwelcome developement leads to something really quite good!
  5. Pain, we have been told, is a signal that something is wrong and should not be  ignored. This does not apply after breaking your hip. You will be given painkillers and got up on your feet the day after the operation.  Now, if this is a metaphor, the message might be that change, or something fundamentally good, might actually be really uncomfortable, even painful, for a while. Pain does not necessarily mean you are doing the wrong thing.
  6. But you do have to use a good deal of common sense. There is really not that much guidance on things like how much to try to walk, how far, what danger signs there might be. Again, you have to listen to your body and what it says.
  7. You can make changes you never thought would be possible, eg sleep on your back for weeks and weeks. If you can do that, what other changes might be possible.
  8. Walking on crutches or on a stick is better than no walking at all….as is true of many things in life… and you will meet inner as well as outer obstacles.
  9. Your ability to “do stuff” will vary from day to day. Progress is not linear.  It is, again almost literally, 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. Some days, you will feel like a limp rag. Other days, really quite buzzy.  There will be glimpses of improvement then strange awkwardnesses and feelings of things being a bit twisted up inside.
  10. The community physiotherapist discharges you when you are able to do some basic things. There is still scope for improvement and if you are able, a bit of private physiotherapy is probably well worth the investment. I’m still at this stage, but I look forward to being able to report a lot of further improvement when I have the series of 6 sessions and not just the assessment.
  11. The whole experience will give you a deep appreciation of your general health and of your ability to walk. The question is, what will you do with that? I had started to train as a health coach before the accident in February. For some of the time since it happened, I found it really strange to be on that particular training. But now, I really appreciate the coaching I received as part of the process and I am glad to have a deeper understanding of the mind body connection.  According to metaphysicians like Louise Hay, the hip is about making decisions and moving forward.
  12. So for me, the fall seems to be saying, let go of the past, your old career. Move forward into helping others to a greater appreciation of their physical vehicle and how to care for it… The reason being, our spiritual selves are expressed through our bodies. We show that we really value ourselves  through our habits and our lifestyle choices. Actions really do speak louder than words.

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